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Maris M.

Tour Guide at Elon University

Class of 2021

Hometown: Haymarket, VA

Major: Business


I chose Elon because...

As the daughter of an alum, I did not chose Elon for that reason. Rather, I chose Elon because I felt that it was an institution that would actually care about me not only as a student but as a person. I truly admired the incredible mutual respect and care between students, faculty, and staff. I could tell that this campus is special because of how kind and involved all members of the community are. I chose Elon because of all the wonderful opportunities it offers to its students such as study abroad, internships, and service to name a few. I knew that Elon would gift me with life changing experiences that would help me grow intellectually and socially.

My most memorable Elon experience?

My most memorable Elon experience has been aiding the transition for new students as an Orientation Leader. This experience means a lot to me because I truly enjoy helping others and having an impact on other peoples' time Elon. It was extremely rewarding to help new students feel the love and passion for Elon that I have. Being an Orientation Leader also had a very positive impact on my own personal growth. The experience helped me gain more confidence, social skills, and empathy, and I will be forever grateful for that. I made so many meaningful connections with my peers that I will cherish for the rest of my time at Elon.

My favorite Elon Tradition is .... Because...

My favorite Elon tradition is the annual Holiday Celebration hosted by the University President. Our president, Dr. Book, invites all students to a celebration just before finals, where students can chat with one another, eat delicious food, and even take a picture with Dr. Book! This is my favorite Elon tradition because it shows how caring Elon is to its students. Not all college students have the to opportunity to make a personal connection with their University President and I think that is an exceptionally unique quality Elon has.

I'm passionate about...

Volunteering with animals

I'm involved with...

Sigma Kappa Sorority Orientation Leader
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